Medication error has been highlighted as a significant issue within the health care industry and paramedic practice is not immune to this concerning problem. The patient, their family, the paramedic and the health care system are all affected by the outcomes of medication error.
As the scope of paramedic practice increases so too does the possibility of medication error, and for this reason a proactive approach must be developed. Central to this approach should be a reporting system for medication errors that is without fear of reprisal, within which environmental and system errors are highlighted and dealt with. Additionally, paramedics must continually develop and be aware of their own self-guided commitment to high standards in clinical practice.
BAppSc, DipHlthSc (Pre-Hospital Care), GradDip (Intesive Care Paramedic Practice)
Mark is currently an area Clinical Support Officer and Intensive Care Paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service, working in central Brisbane. In 2008 Mark qualified as an Intensive Care Paramedic, after completing a Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Paramedic Practice, with distinction. Prior to that, Mark worked on road in Brisbane as an Advanced Care Paramedic. In 2006, he undertook a 3 month position as Clinical Support Officer to Student Paramedics with the Regional Staff Development Unit of Brisbane Region. Upon completion of his training in 2002 as a student on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Mark was awarded Student Paramedic of the Year.
During 2005 - 2006, Mark was granted leave from Queensland Ambulance Service to work in London, United Kingdom for one year where he undertook the roles of first aid trainer/assessor and as a health care assistant in various London hospitals.
"Technical and Environmental Impact on Medication Error in Paramedic Practice:A review of causes, consequences and strategies for prevention,"
Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care:
3, Article 4.
Available at: http://ro.ecu.edu.au/jephc/vol7/iss3/4